So, I hate to use this as an excuse.. and maybe it's not right.. but here goes.
So, my sophomore year, I had mono. I got it in about late march-early April, and my parents FORCED me to go to school!!! So, finally, one of my teachers noticed me getting more and more pale and losing more and more weight (I was already way too skinny for my height at 5'11 I was about 125 lbs.. maybe less).. and she complained to my guidance counselor after hearing that my parents forced me to go to school.
At the time I was put out of school, my grades had dropped and all of my teachers knew this. I didn't even turn in a couple assignments.. and that was completely unlike me. So anyways, way long story short, I got 3 B's my second semester of sophomore year. I am a Junior early graduate, so this was not too long ago.
Before those 3 B's, I had received straight A's in all three semesters of high school as well with FLVS courses and other outside of school courses.
So, while I was put out of school, I had a couple ER visits and several doctor visits. There was nothing they could do except wait, and no medication was working. A problem was my AP World exam. It was when my mono was almost at its peak in May (I had it until mid June) and I could have done the exam on a makeup day but I didn't think I would be mono free in a week so I just took it.
Despite A's in the class every exam and every marking period, I got a two. Kids who did and knew much less in my class got three's and a couple got a four. My World teacher is pretty disappointed and knows that I should have at least gotten a three. I don't remember nearly anything from the exam, and I don't think I tried my hardest.
Should I mention any of this, anywhere in the application? Or would it be good for one of my teachers to mention this in their reccomendations somewhere? I mean, I still worked hard and pulled off pretty darn good grades, but, it was hard. I was in the ER two days after my AP Test because my throat was so swollen it was almost starting to close. Steroids they gave me cleared it up.
Sorry for the long story, but, there it is. Many convinced me out of graduating early especially after getting mono, but, I'm a pretty persistent guy.
Also, despite UF loving diversity, would talking about experiences as being a Gay male in family or school life in some parts of the application, be a good or bad thing? Should I mention it?
If you can't tell, I love UF. It's my dream school and I am dying to get in. I'm borderline, and so getting in is dependent on my SAT/ACT retake and my application.